Computer in the past
In historical retrospect it becomes clear that 1.) things came differently, and 2.) than one thought. The critics in the 70s were quite right. For computers and industrial robots have displaced thousands of jobs that are irretrievably lost. At the same time, they have created hundreds of thousands of new jobs. It is all the more interesting when in the 1980s hackers discuss whether it would be desirable for all computers to be "networked" with each other - because even then you could dial into other computers via telephone and acoustic coupler. Data protection was a hot topic at the time. The ghost of Orwells was conjured up in 1984.
Then the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. The classic totalitarian state disappeared - at least in Europe and temporarily. Paradoxically, more personal data is available on the Internet today than ever before in history. And this data is being used, as we know at least since Snowden or the Facebook scandal. Without those affected knowing, or even having understood, how it works.